PaLA College & Research Division (CRD)
Current Elected Officers
2017 Chair: Leslie Christianson
2017 Vice Chair: Jill Hallam-Miller
2017 Secretary: Christina Riehman Murphy
2017 LSTA Manager: Bryan McGeary
2017 CRD Board
Christina Steffy, Past Chair
Larissa Gordon, Chair Emeritus
Valerie Lynn, Chair Emeritus
Bryan McGeary, PaLRaP Liaison
Rebecca Kate Miller, Publicity Coordinator
Betsy E. Reichart, Membership Liaison
Andrew Marshall, Tech Coordinator
Erin Burns, Connect & Communicate Liaison
Marguerite Savidakis-Dunn, Social Media Coordinator
Melissa Correll, Legislative Liaison
Anne Behler, Member at Large
Matthew McNelis, Member at Large
Stephanie Sweeney Pennucci, Member at Large
Gregory Szczyrbak, Member at Large
About the College & Research Division
The College and Research Division (CRD) of PaLA provides a focus for the academic libraries in the state.
Each year, the CRD provides a spring workshop on a topic or topics relevant to academic libraries. At the annual PaLA Conference, CRD sponsors sessions in the program that focus on academic libraries and a luncheon with an invited guest speaker.
The CRD receives annual Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant money from the state library. This division then reviews grant applications from across the state for a portion of this LSTA grant money to be used in support of professional development and library programs for academic librarians and libraries.
Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice (PaLRaP)
This peer-reviewed, Open Access journal provides for the sharing of knowledge and experience with library and information professionals across Pennsylvania and beyond. The journal aims to expose readers to the unique and valuable research and initiatives of Pennsylvania’s librarians and libraries.
PaLRaP is available online. The next issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2013. For priority consideration for inclusion in this issue, articles should be submitted by August 1, 2013.
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